On the horizon: revised Liturgy of the Hours

But don’t give away your old set just yet. A new translation is years away. From Catholic News Service: Just a year after U.S. Catholics began using the new English translation of the Roman Missal at Masses, the bishops agreed Nov. 13 to have work begin on a revision of the Liturgy of the Hours. [Read More...]

Here it is: final draft of bishops’ document on preaching

H/T to my blogging comrade and neighbor Fr. Michael Duffy for finding this. Read it all here.  [Read more...]

St. Dorothy of New York?

Can I hear an “Amen”? Details: The U.S. bishops, on a voice vote, endorsed the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, who was famously quoted as saying, “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.” The endorsement came at the end of a canonically [Read More...]

Bishops approve document on preaching

From CNS:  The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. The document, “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily,” encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people’s daily lives. The vote was 227-11, with four [Read More...]

Pell blames media for sex abuse investigation

From The Age in Australia: A defiant Cardinal George Pell has blamed a smear campaign against the Catholic Church for public pressure that led to a royal commission into child sex abuse. The Archbishop of Sydney said a commission into the Catholic Church was not needed, but he welcomed the broader inquiry announced by Prime [Read More...]

Dolan proposes a return to Friday abstinence

With word out that the bishops will consider a return to abstaining from meat on Fridays, it looks like a few places are already ahead of the curve with “Meatless Mondays”: For one day each week, the Los Angeles City Council wants residents to go vegetarian. In a unanimous 12-0 vote, the council approved a [Read More...]

Report: many Catholics use social media, but few follow blogs on the Church or faith

Here’s the press release from the USCCB for the report connected with the blogging encounter the Patheos Posse attended Sunday: Sixty-two percent of adult U.S. Catholics, representing an estimated 36.2 million people, have a profile on Facebook; 58 percent of Catholics age 30 and under share content such as pictures, articles and comments at least [Read More...]

Lincoln’s new bishop has no plans to change Bruskewitz policies

But how does he feel about deacons? Details: He’s got folk rockers Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers on his iPod. He’s on Twitter and Facebook. And he’s passionate about poetry, art and classical English literature. But when it comes to Roman Catholic doctrine, Lincoln’s incoming bishop says he’s ready to carry the torch [Read More...]

Group seeks to revoke tax-exempt status of Catholic Church

That chill you’re feeling isn’t the new nor’easter. It’s something else. Details: A public watchdog group is charging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with openly politicking on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and it wants the Internal Revenue Service to explore revoking the hierarchy’s tax-exempt status. “In completely unqualified terms, the IRS [Read More...]

Dolan to Obama: “We pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good…”

The President of the USCCB wrote a congratulatory letter to the President of the United States: Dear President Obama, In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States.The people of our country have again entrusted you [Read More...]